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Reminder: South Korea is one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries

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South Koreans make computer chips, smartphones, LCD screens. They have the most technologically advanced railroads. They make cars that are good enough to compete in the United States. Bloomberg says that South Korea is the top most-innovative country in the world.

North Koreans share the same genes, but North Korea is held back by totalitarian communist government.

There’s no comparison between Koreans and Persians. The latter may be smarter than Arabs, but that’s not saying much. The only country in the Middle East that comes close to South Korea is Israel.

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August 11, 2017 at 7:01 am

Posted in Biology, International

Strategic deterrence and how North Korea became a nuclear power

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North Korea for a long time has had the non-nuclear strategic deterrence of being able to demolish Seoul with its conventional artillery and missiles. Admittedly, it’s only because of that strategic deterrence that we never forced a regime change or took out their nuclear program.

Nuclear missile are a whole new level of deterrence. What will Kim Jong-un do with them? Probably be a whole lot more aggressive than he was previously, knowing that he can get away with that much more as a nuclear power with ICBMs just like the big boys.

How did a crappy little country like North Korea develop this capability? It’s HBD. Nuclear-armed ICBMs are 1950s technology. Because Koreans are born with genetically high IQ, their engineers and scientists have been able to reproduce the technology that we perfected back in the 1950s, while the genetically less intelligent Iranians have failed to get that far despite having three times the population plus tens of billions of dollars of revenue from oil production.

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August 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Biology, International

Huge statue of Chinese deity covered in sheet

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It is a pretty ugly and tacky statute.

It probably isn’t wise to build such huge religious statutes when you’re a minority religion.

If it were a huge statue of Jesus built by American evangelists, the tone of the New York Times article would have been a lot less neutral and a lot more “stupid xtians keep your religion to yourselves.”

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August 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

Posted in International, Religion

North Korea

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What previous presidents did DID NOT WORK. It just dug us into a deeper hole.

But everyone really likes the status quo, so any hint that Trump is changing how it approaches the North Korea problem causes everyone to throw fits.

The previous rulers of North Korea never believed they were in danger of a first strike from previous U.S. presidents. If Kim Jong-un believes that Trump is different, then he might change his behavior. But given that after Trump threatened “fire and fury”, the Kim Jong-un government released details about an alleged planned attack on Guam, I don’t think the gambit worked. (It should be pointed out that Guam is 2000 miles from North Korea, and Kim Jong-un doesn’t have the military capability to strike Guam unless they have finally have long-range nuclear missiles, which they are supposed to not have yet.)

We must remember that Kim Jung-un does NOT think like a liberal in the United States. It’s hard to predict what he would do. North Korea has already demonstrated that it doesn’t care enough about its own people starving to death in order to lose face and become a more normal country.

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August 9, 2017 at 7:50 am

Posted in International

How is T-Rex doing?

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The mainstream media has had nothing but bad things to say about Rex Tillerson. However, the MSM hates everything about the Trump administration, and cannot be trusted as any sort of unbiased source of information. Not when the topic is Trump or anyone he has hired.

Because the White House provides little if any sort of top-down guidance for any of the cabinet positions (at least not that I can discern), each department head is left to pursue his or her own agenda. And what is Rex Tillerson’s agenda? I would guess that he has no policy-oriented goals at all, and his main agenda is to reorganize the State Department because he believes it’s a bloated and useless government bureaucracy and not a lean mean oil-producing machine like ExxonMobil. Rex probably sees most of the department’s staff as a bunch of spoiled SWPL kids who couldn’t get real value-creating jobs in corporate America with their useless degrees in foreign languages and international relations.

Let’s step back a moment and ponder whether ExxonMobil really is a lean machine type of organization. Libertarian types who leave comments on blogs have this crazy idea that all corporations are run super-logically and hyper-efficiently. They can’t possibly have ever worked for a big corporation. I know for a fact that the corporation I work for is the very opposite of super-logical and hyper-efficient.

One big difference between Exxon Mobile and the company I work for is that my employer has a monopoly, while Exxon Mobile is the rare big corporation with very little, if any, monopoly power. Yes, unlike most big corporations, ExxonMobil actually has to compete. Exxon Mobile has no pricing power at all for its upstream product, crude oil, very little for its middle-stream refined petroleum products such as gasoline, and a small amount for its downstream product, gasoline sold at gas stations. (Regarding retail gasoline: car and truck owners may be willing to pay a little extra for the Exxon brand, but only a very little extra because gasoline is generally perceived by consumers to be a fungible product).

While I find it hard to imagine that any company as big as ExxonMobil cannot have a lot of corporate politics and useless senior management who keep their jobs only because they are good at sucking up to the people above them, the place is still probably run more efficiently than the Department of State with its approximately 70,000 employees.

All of this, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that Tillerson is up to the task of reforming a mess of a huge bureaucracy. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Tillerson became CEO of Exxon not because he’s an Ayn Randian superman like John Galt or Howard Roark, but because he was better at playing the corporate politics game than everyone else at ExxonMobil.

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August 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

Bill Gates now critical of immigration

Breitbart reported on an interview of Bill Gates by a German newspaper.

“On the one hand you want to demonstrate generosity and take in refugees, but the more generous you are, the more word gets around about this — which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa,” Gates told the Sunday newspaper.

“Germany cannot possibly take in the huge, massive number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe.”

Because of this, Gates stressed that “Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via the current transit routes”.

Entirely ignored by the mainstream media.

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July 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

London terrorism

Sorry, I don’t have anything deep to say about this.

How many terrorism attacks does it take before political leaders finally change their attitude toward massive immigration from Islamic countries? Or their attitudes towards freedom of religion that includes freedom to practice any form of Islam? Probably a lot more than we’ve had.

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June 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

Trumpdate 5/25/2017

The en banc 4th Circuit decision to uphold the lower court’s ruling that Trumps travel ban is unconstitutional is outrageous. It says that because Trump said mean things when he was campaigning, this means that everything he does as President is unconstitutional if liberals don’t like it.

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The announcement by the UK that they won’t share any more intelligence with us because of leaks is a gift for Trump. Trump needs to escalate this and make it the #1 priority of the FBI, to find and prosecute the leakers.

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ASF writes: “There is no constitutional right to a specific number of refugee admissions. He should have set the number to 20.”

That wouldn’t have mattered. The court is saying: We know that Trump is a racist, and therefore we’re not going to let him get away with anything. And don’t try to tell us that Islam isn’t a race, that’s something only a racist would say.

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May 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Trump call with Rodrigo Duterte

This is pretty interesting, and I think better of Trump after reading it.

Notice how Trump makes Duterte feel important by asking for his opinion on how to deal with China and North Korea, and then he coaxes him into lobbying China to do more about North Korea.

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Who leaked this? Because it makes Duterte look good, and probably everyone else in the Philippines is too afraid of Duterte to cross him, my guess is that Duterte himself leaked it.

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May 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Posted in International, Politics

Proles love Trump, even prole Saudi Arabians

From the NY Times:

There was neither beer, nor tattoos nor women at the biker rally in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Friday night. But among the hundreds of men riding on roaring Harley Davidsons and sporting leather vests, there was overwhelming excitement about the incoming visitor: President Trump.

“We want to welcome Trump,” said Mohammed Alrasheed, 35, who had outfitted his motorcycle with a large green Saudi flag next to the Stars and Stripes of America and wore a helmet decorated with quarters, dimes and nickels.

That’s why I continue to believe that the foreign hackers who broke into John Podesta’s email did it because they are prole, and proles love Trump, and not because the Russian government was paying them.

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May 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Posted in International, Proles

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